Shackles and Cave Weddings

Shackles on Sweet Rot
The description on Sweet Rot’s MySpace of the Shackles says “should please fans of Box Elders, Nodzzz, Brilliant Colors, etc.” I say this single will more than please fans of those bands, it will keep you very close to your turntable, poised to flip it over and drop the needle again and again. This is the first release (if you don’t count their song on the Funhouse comp), and it easily rivals last year’s Box Elders 7 inch for sheer pop enjoyment. The Shackles are from Seattle, but don’t seem to play out a lot, or I’ve just been totally missing out. The only date they have listed on their MySpace is a vague 20 June house party. The band seem to be well connected at least here in Seattle, Carlos Lopez shot the video for The Dutchess and the Duke’s song Mary and Reuben Mendez is in the excellent Coconut Coolouts. Let’s hope that this single isn’t just a one-off and it’s more like the tip of the iceberg, with a slew of records coming out on multiple labels a la Fresh and Onlys. Only time will tell.

mp3: Shackles – Broken Arm (buy the single from Sweet Rot)


Speaking of  sheer pop enjoyment the Cave Weddings will probably make you giddy from it.  Although Hozac’s website doesn’t say it, the same quote used by Sweet Rot to describe the Shackles could be used to describe Albany/Troy, New York band the Cave Weddings.  Their new Hozac single is not quite their first release, the band previously put out a CD ep that was very limited and of course is now sold out, so for all intents and purposes this is their big debut, and it’s just about perfect.  With the boy-girl vocal harmonies and their Flying Nun influences The Cave Weddings could single-handedly put upstate New York back on the musical pop map.  The band have a short summer tour planned for July that will take them as far west of Chicago, which of course if you live in Seattle is not far enough west.   Here are the dates:

7 Jul @ Now That’s Class w/ Mosquito Bandito     Cleveland, OH
8 Jul @ Louie’s w/ Legendary Wings and The Midwest Beat     Kalamazoo, MI
9 Jul @ Cobra Lounge w/ Sleepovers, The Midwest Beat + more TBA     Chicago, IL
10 Jul @ The Vault w/ The Midwest Beat and Legendary Wings     Milwaukee, WI
11 Jul @ The Frequency Lounge w/ The Midwest Beat and The Hemlines     Madison, WI
12 Jul @ Zoolegger’s w/ The Perennials and Legendary Wings     Lafayette, IN
13 Jul @ House Show!! Contact us for details!     Pittsburgh, PA

mp3: The Cave Weddings – Bring Your Love (buy the single from Hozac)


  1. Ben · June 12, 2009

    One x Shackles single ordered. Thanks for the tip. I’m still waiting for my Cave Weddings single to turn up…

  2. matthew · August 8, 2009

    wow! thanks for pointing these out. i havent checked out hozac for over a month now and totally missed the cave weddings!!! both of these singles are must buys. cheers!

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